TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - When Toronto-area school teacher Craig
Henshaw flew away to backpack through Europe this summer, he had no
idea that he was flying away from a winning ticket for the July 8th $21 million LOTTO MAX jackpot.
"I bought the ticket, stuck it to my fridge with a whole bunch of other
tickets, and then forgot about it the whole summer!" smiled the 42-year
old woodshop and technology teacher.
Henshaw and his girlfriend had spent the summer travelling and it wasn't
until school started again that he realized he needed to check a whole
stack of tickets.
"Essentially, I walked around with a $21 million lottery ticket in my
pocket all day!" laughed Henshaw, who checked his ticket at a local
grocery store while he was on his way home from work.
"At first I thought I won $21,000 and was floored. I was so excited.
When the OLG person on the phone told me I won $21 million, I actually
dropped the phone. I was frozen. I couldn't believe it. My life is just
going to be so great now!" Henshaw explained.
In his excitement, Henshaw forgot about the groceries he had purchased
and raced home to share the news with his parents and his girlfriend.
"I still can't believe it!!" he smiled. "This just doesn't seem real.
All the things that I want to do, such as buy my first home and settle
down, are now going to be a possibility."
Henshaw says one of the first things he is going to do is set up an
education fund for his nieces and nephew and help a close-friend with
"And then I'm taking my parents on a trip somewhere warm and taking my
girlfriend back to Europe in style!!" he laughed.
Henshaw says that he will take a year off from teaching, but enjoys
teaching too much to imagine a future without it.
The winning ticket was purchased at Shell Gas Bar on Dupont Street in
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Image with caption: "President and CEO of OLG Rod Phillips, left, presents GTA area school teacher Craig Henshaw with a cheque for $21.4 million at the OLG Prize Centre Tuesday afternoon. Henshaw won the LOTTO MAX jackpot prize after purchasing a ticket for the July 8th draw. (CNW Group/OLG Winners)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110927_C6986_PHOTO_EN_3910.jpg
Image with caption: "Craig Henshaw, a GTA area school teacher, receives his cheque for a $21.4 million jackpot, from the July 8, 2011 LOTTO MAX draw. (CNW Group/OLG Winners)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110927_C6986_PHOTO_EN_3912.jpg
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